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Barbershop Controversy Rages On

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Jesse Jackson said he was pleased that the producers

of "Barbershop" have apologized for the film’s remarks about Rosa

Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others, but said he is still pushing to have

the jokes cut from future DVD and video editions of the film.

“The producers and writers, we wanted one

individual in the shop saying something funny and we wanted everyone to disagree

with that person,” Tillman said in a statement. "I completely did

not mean to offend anyone."

Jackson acknowledged that the apology was "a

step in the right direction," but said that he will keep appealing to the

producers to have the remarks removed. The remarks make references to Dr. Martin

Luther King Jr.’s alleged promiscuity and that Rosa Parks got credit for refusing

to give up her bus seat in the segregated south due to her connection to the

NAACP. There are also remarks aimed at Jackson.

Jackson said that Dr. King’s family were "highly

insulted" by the jokes and said that the filmmakers were turning "tragedy

into comedy."

“I think if they want to protest movies,

there are a lot of other movies to protest that do a lot more damage to the

black community,” director Malcolm Lee said. “There are strong images

and more egregious affronts to (blacks).”

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